- The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR or DAR), founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a nonprofit, nonpolitical volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education for children. Over one million women have joined DAR since its founding.
- DAR members volunteer millions of service hours annually in their local communities including supporting active duty military personnel and assisting veterans, awarding thousands of dollars in scholarships and financial aid each year, and supporting schools for underserved children with annual donations exceeding one million dollars.
- As one of the most inclusive genealogical societies in the country, DAR boasts members in 3,000 chapters across the United States and internationally. Any woman eighteen years or older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution, is eligible for membership.
- Golden Spike Chapter NSDAR was organized in October 1919 in Ogden, Utah. The chapter was named to honor the 150th anniversary of the driving of the golden spike, which joined the Transcontinental Railroad at nearby Promontory Summit in 1869.
- Golden Spike Chapter NSDAR serves the area surrounding Ogden: Weber, northern Davis, southern and western Box Elder, and Morgan counties. We currently have approximately sixty members.
- Our meetings are generally held in the Ogden area on the third Monday of the month, September through May, with occasional exceptions. Besides meetings, we host numerous activities and events throughout the year.
Golden Spike Chapter has a proud history of local, community and national service. Through the past Century we have donated flags in the community, encouraged proper flag display, assisted in Courts of Naturalization, promoted awareness of the U.S. Constitution though annual observances of Constitution Week. We worked with the Red Cross in wartime projects. The Chapter raised funds for 1,000 seedling trees to reforest ten acres at Snow Basin in the 1950s.
For many years the Chapter conducted Oratory and American History Essay Contests and presented Good Citizenship Awards. We have helped children learn to read, presented ROTC and JROTC medals, donated books and DAR magazines to libraries and the VA Medical Center, and donated items to the Ogden Homeless Veterans Fellowship.
When the George E. Wahlen Veterans Nursing Home was built in Ogden in 2009, Golden Spike Chapter donated $5,000 to furnish a room, and we frequently visit and donate items for the veterans. We participate in annual Veterans Day Parades. We have participated in Utah Honor Flight ceremonies and sponsored a World War II veteran on a flight. The Chapter proudly acted as a Commemorative Partner in the Department of Defense’s commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, and we have welcomed home Vietnam Veterans with Pinning Ceremonies. We partner with Wreaths Across America and participate in placing wreaths on Veteran Graves. Partnering with Quilts of Valor, we have made and presented several quilts to Veterans. We partnered with the Weber Heritage Foundation to restore the Doughboy Monument in the Ogden City Cemetery which was rededicated in November 2018.
Golden Spike Chapter has presented Community Service Awards, a Conservation Medal, and Women in American History Awards to recognize deserving members of our community.
We participate in DAR State Society and National Society programs by regularly donating food pantry items, clothing, and Christmas packages to veterans and deployed troops, cash and school supplies to American Indian schools, and requested items to American military personnel and programs.
- Join us! Please contact our chapter regent if you are interested in becoming a DAR member, or attending a meeting.